AVI'2004 workshop

          First Workshop on Developing User Interface with XML:
            Advances on User Interface Description Languages

In conjunction with AVI'2004 (,

For many years, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has witnessed a
perennial race for the ultimate User Interface (UI) Description Language
(UIDL) that would ideally capture the essence of what a UI could be or
should be. Many people and teams from both the industry and the academic
worlds have introduced UIDLs during history. Early UIDLs appeared when
people firstly attempted to specify the look and feel of a UI. This
attempt was particularly vivid when software appeared that produces UIs
for multiple computing platforms, thus ensuring some form of portability
of UIs. Then, the activity almost vanished until XML was considered
widely enough to initiate a new family of UIDLs. Such UIDLs may pursue
various goals:
   - Ensuring portability of UIs from one computing platform to another
     while preserving consistency.
   - Capturing UI requirements for an abstract definition that remains
     stable over time.
   - Improving the reusability of UI design.
   - Making one UI design for multiple devices, platforms, appliances.
     This goal is often referred to as the device-independence
   - Supporting extensibility and adaptability of UI.
   - Using a UI description to enable automated generation of UI code.

This workshop aims at bringing together people working on/with XML-based
UIDLs and any person interested in describing and/or developing UIs with
XML. UIDL developers, designers and users are all among the potential
participants. It is expected that from this exchange of discussion, a
better mutual understanding will be raised to enable people to work more
closely on some UIDLs rather than reproducing the same efforts in
multiple locations.

Participants are selected based on submitted position papers.You are
invited to submit a position paper addressing XML-based UIDLs. Possible
topics include but are not limited to:
   - Comparisons of UIDLs in terms of goals, hypotheses, requirements,
     foundations, scope of the language, expressiveness of the language,
     modeling capabilities, range of obtainable UIs, tool support,...
   - Lessons learned, experiences, and design issues in the conception
     of XML-based languages for UIs.
   - Fundamental concepts in XML-based language design for UIs

Individuals interested in participating in this one day workshop should
submit a position paper of a maximum of 8 pages in ACM CHI format.
Papers accepted for the workshop will be distributed to the attendees
and published in a post-workshop book.
For now, papers should be submitted to: [log in to unmask]

                                                                                                                         Important Dates
Paper Submission Deadline: 2nd April 2004
Notification:              2nd May 2004
Instructions to Authors:   20th May 2004
Workshop on UIDL:          25th May 2004

Kris Luyten, Limburgs Universitair Centrum
Marc Abrams, Harmonia Inc.
Jean Vanderdonckt, Universite catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve
Quentin Limbourg, Universite catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve

The workshop web-page is located at
and provides more information about the workshop. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact [log in to unmask]